POINT AND FEATHER, illustrated left by Nancy Cabot (Chicago Tribune, October 13, 1936) is a design which has many other names and variations, according to the dark and light of the piecing. For example, it is actually the same basic pattern as GOOSE TRACKS (which debuted in the late 19th c. Ladies Art Company Catalogue, #156).
The delicacy of POINT AND FEATHER, as a title, though, and the elegance of the piecing, combines to create one of the most interesting variations of this very classic design. In other versions, the "point and feather," usually applies to a "dart," but not in this incarnation. Here, it is what it is — a point and feather, rather delightfully stressing its connection with the art of quilt making as a design motif, rather than with target practice, etc. Cabot's comments state the following, generously setting free the color options for modern quilters:
"While this pattern dates back to early American days, POINT AND FEATHER enjoys a wider popularity among present day quilt makers than it did when it was pieced of turkey red and unbleached muslin. It is used as an all-over design and the popular choice of color combinations for the twentieth century is white with yellow, green, brown or blue."
Note: if the design is tiled, as Cabot recommends, it transforms into BATON ROUGE, that is, with the sashing built in. For related designs, a selection of patterns at this site celebrating feathered friends would include:
BIRD OF PARADISE
BIRDS IN THE AIR
BIRDS AND KITES
DOVES IN THE WINDOW